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Dogs dont cough from allergies. The dosage for benadryl is 1 mg per pound bodyweight or 1 benadryl per 25 lbs. Parker gets 3 benadryl when I give them to him. Giving sardines promotes skin health and reduces itching also. If you want to know more, do a search for Sardines, Good for Allergies. They made a huge difference for Parker last year. Rarely even give him benadryl anymore.:)
 

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Well there you go. Happens everytime I make a blanket statement. Let me chanhe it to, MOST dogs do not cough due to allergies. :) ///// I remember you on that thread now and his reaction to benadryl. There is another allergy med you can try, but cant remember the name of it now. It sounds like he is getting enough sardines for his weight, but you could increase some to see if they help, say one am and one pm if four to a can. Be sure to rinse. Are you using the ones in water or frozen? or Maybe add fish oil and vit e. Try wiping the pollen off him with a damp washcloth or allergy babywipes when he comes inside. I feel for you. I already bought 5 cases of sardines getting ready for this year. Maybe my neighbor wont be giving him crappy dog bicuits this summer. He felt badly when he found out what he had done. Give me crappy biscuits over poison any day!
 

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I always gave Parker his benadry after his morning meal with his vitamins, before he ever stepped outside to the unfriendly outdoors, but they didnt make him sleepy. It is better to give before exposure to prevent allergy reaction, rathe r than trying to medicate after the reaction, histamine production, has started. I think you need to try d different allergy pill. Ask your vet if you dont want to use Zyrtec. He needs to know what you are giving anyway for his records.
 

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That sounds great! Isnt it nice to see him not itching, scratching and chewing?!? Those sardines are like a miracle drug.:) Once his itching is under control, start cutting back to find a maintenance amount or just enough to keep him from itching. Try waiting a bit and see if his paws will clear up first. I am betting they will in a couple of weeks. You can also try giving extra virgin coconut oil. It has a different kind of fat that will also help his skin. Olive oil, on the other hand, competes with the DHA/EPA in sardines for uptake in the body. So to give a large amount of olive oil with sardines actually defeats the purpose. Just adding about olive oil for educational purposes.
 

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They could. You need to start any food additions, changes or suppliments slowly to prevent digestive disturbances.
 
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